Use of Non-Sugar Sweeteners

Publication Date: May 15, 2023

Summary of Recommendations

WHO suggests that non-sugar sweeteners not be used as a means of achieving weight control or reducing the risk of noncommunicable diseases. (C)

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Use of Non-Sugar Sweeteners

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Publication Month/Year

May 15, 2023

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Document Objectives

This guideline provides evidence-informed guidance on the use of non-sugar sweeteners to reduce the risk of  unhealthy weight gain and diet-related noncommunicable diseases in adults and children. The guidance in this guideline is not based on toxicological assessments of the safety of individual non-sugar sweeteners and is therefore not intended to update or replace guidance on safe or maximal levels of intake established by the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) or other authoritative bodies. 

Inclusion Criteria

Male, Female, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Childcare center, School

Intended Users

Dietician nutritionist, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant



Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D000073893 - Sugars


sugar, artificial sweeteners, non-sugar sweeteners

Source Citation

Use of non-sugar sweeteners: WHO guideline. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2023. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO

Supplemental Methodology Resources

Systematic Review Document